Human rights charity Amnesty International has launched a campaign to celebrate modern day suffragettes.
Amnesty International is looking for nominations for women with the “suffragette spirit”.
The campaign is linked to this year’s centenary of some women receiving the vote, with Amnesty describing the suffragettes as “ordinary women who stopped at nothing to get their voices heard”.
“The suffragette spirit is alive and well in Britain today,” the charity writes. “Thousands of women across the UK are still fighting for our rights. They stand up to racism, sexism, homophobia, corruption and much more.”
“We want to find these women and celebrate their work by creating a map of women human rights defenders in the UK. We hope this map will inspire the next generation of suffragettes to continue their legacy over the next 100 years.”
This could be someone who has helped the homeless or refugees, campaigned for healthcare, challenged bad business practices or prevented forced eviction, the charity says – as long as someone has made a difference, they’re eligible.
Today marks #100years since women in the UK won the right to vote. 100 years on, the suffragette movement has inspired a generation of committed, dedicated and motivated activists. We're proud to be a part of this movement. #SuffragetteSpirit pic.twitter.com/xx4v01rMC8— Amnesty International Tower Hamlets & Newham (@AITowerHamlets) February 6, 2018
“Across the UK and around the world, human rights and the people who defend them are coming under increasing attack – the scale and level of which is now at an alarming rate,” it says. “In 2016, 281 human rights defenders were killed – and last year is set to be the deadliest year yet.”
“Women in particular face danger because of a so-called ‘double-discrimination’ – they’re attacked for both their sex and for being a campaigner. It’s time for all of us to speak up for their right – and ours – to defend human rights.”
If you know someone who fits the bill, you can nominate them here.
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